Important notice about SecAppDev 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), with deep regret, we feel bound to postpone SecAppDev 2020 indefinitely. While there have been no official instructions to postpone events such as ours or reduce travel, both attendees and speakers have informed us that they are unable to attend SecAppDev.

We hope everyone in SecAppDev stays healthy, and wish everyone the best for the coming months.

SecAppDev 2020 Lecture Details

Paradigms of privacy research and privacy engineering

Seda Gürses
Tuesday March 10, 09:00 - 10:30
Short description

Privacy and data protection are not the same thing. How do they differ and what does it mean in terms of technical designs? This talk will present a broad overview of theories of privacy and their translation into privacy designs and engineering practice.


The number of privacy debacles of the last years in social networks, web tracking, NSA/GCHQ surveillance, and mass scale breaches have been adding up. People around the world do care about their privacy and want to see change in the way we build our systems, sometimes asking for them not to be built, e.g., facial recognition. However, getting privacy right is challenging. The emerging field of privacy engineering responds to this challenge.

This session will give an overview of privacy research paradigms in computer science and the nascent field of privacy engineering.

Key takeaway

Privacy is more than data protection and requires thoughtful design in software systems

Content level


Target audience

Anyone designing, developing or securing software systems



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Seda Gürses

Seda Gürses

Assistant professor, TU Delft

Seda is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft, and an affiliate at the COSIC Group at KU Leuven. Previously she was an FWO post-doctoral fellow at COSIC/ESAT, and a research associate at the Center for IT and Policy at Princeton University. Her work focuses on privacy enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, as well as questions around software infrastructures, social justice and political economy.

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